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Peripheral Neuropathy??

HISTORY: Husband had discectomy, microdescectomy in Jan, 2009. He had decompression, spinal fusion of L4, L5 and SI in October 2011. Ever since then he has deteriorated to having extreme back pain in the in the area of his surgery and below and numbness, loss of feeling in his right foot, and leg.

We got a second opinion on by husband's back. This is after we saw another surgeon who was convinced that his trouble was in the sacroliac region and could be helped with SI Joint Fusion Surgery. According to this new neurosurgeon the site that was operated on looks good, he stated that most of the sight has fused, contrary to what the other doctor said, however he attributes his pain and numbness to nerve damage and considers it part of a disease process called neuropathy. He calls surgery on the SI Joint to be Psycho Surgery and to not let anyone touch his back again. You can probably see how frustrating this has gotten to be. He still has back pain along with numbness in his right leg and foot. He can't walk and can only sit or stand for about 10 - 20 minutes. The back pain extends from L4 to the Sacroiliac Region.

We are going to go see a Neuromuscular Neurologist next and hopefully might get some more answers, but I need some opinions I can trust from y'all!! Should we go and see another neurosurgeon as well?

I am at my wits end!!


  • Has he had diagnostic shots to confirm his pain is from his SI joint? It's a simple procedure & should confirm its the pain generator. I know a LOT of people who get great results with the SI belt. Has he tried one? Has he had steroid shots in his SI, tried nerve burning? Just like the rest of the spine there are steps to go through.

    I know it's incredibly frustrating! I'm really sorry. I'm glad you've come back ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Haven't tried any of this yet. Before we do, I need to find a good neuromuscular neurologist that deals with this type thing. If anyone has any suggestions, please, let me know.

    Thanks for the information though, I'll be looking in to all of this.
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